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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera Body Black

The advanced Panasonic Lumix GH5 mirrorless body in black comes packed with the latest micro four thirds technology including 4K/60p movies and 6K high res images for a true hybrid camera solution.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mirrorless Camera Body Only

Now with Panasonic V2.0 added firmware feature updates

with Panasonics added firmware feature updates

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 makes a number of improvements and adivancements over its predecessor, the Lumix GH4.

Boasting 4K 60p/50p video recording in broadcast quality 4:2:2 10-bit, all-new 6K Photo, and 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, alongside a whole host of other new features, the Lumix GH5 is a professional quality camera for videographers, filmmakers, cinematographers, and still photographers alike.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mirrorless Camera Features at a Glance:

  • Uses the Micro Four Thirds system standard
  • All-new 20MP Live MOS imaging sensor 25% more pixels than the GH4
  • Benefits from No Low Pass Filter
  • Shutter life of over 200,000 actuations
  • 5-axis Dual image Stabilisation for 5-stop exposure compensation
  • 6K PHOTO records 18MP 6K images at 30fps
  • 4K PHOTO records 8MP 4K images at 60fps
  • Records 4K 60p/50p video in broadcast quality 4:2:2 10-bit
  • New Venus Engine processor for up to 1.3x faster processing
  • No cropping for video recording
  • Choose between MOV, map4, ACVHD Progressive and AVCHD formats for video
  • Unlimited recording time limit for 4K and FHD Video
  • Includes Waveform Monitor and Vector Scope
  • Embeds SMPTE-Compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods
  • Multiple luminescence levels can be selected
  • Newly improved Depth from Defocus (DFD) and Contrast autofocus technology
  • Ultra-high speed autofocusing of approx. 0.05 sec
  • 12fps in AF-S and 9fps in AF-C high-speed burst shooting using mechanical shutter in full resolution
  • 225 focus areas (compared to 49 in the GH4)
  • Post Focus function to choose specific focus point after the image has been taken
  • Focus Stacking function to stack multiple images with various focus points into one image
  • Magnesium alloy body for high mobility and rugged use in the field
  • Full die-cast front and rear frames
  • Splash, dust and freezeproof (down to -10 degrees Celsius) on every joint, dial and button
  • Dual SD Memory Card slots compatible with high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II
  • Large Live View Finder with a 0.76x (35mm equivalent) magnification
  • High-precision, high-speed OLED LVF display features 3,680k-dot and 100% field of view
  • 3.2inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect ratio with 1,620k-dot resolution
  • Low Energy Bluetooth 4.2 compatible
  • Wi-Fi 5GHz (I 802.11ac) connected
  • Compatible with the new DMW-BGGH5 battery grip
  • Ready for Firmware updates to add new features

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mirrorless Camera Body Features in Detail

High-Quality Lumix Imaging

Panasonic GH5 High Quality Imaging

With a 20MP Digital Live MOS sensor boasting 25% more pixels than in the GH4, the new Venus Engine to process images, and no low-pass filter, the Lumix GH5 delivers unprecedented picture quality in the Lumix range of Panasonic cameras.

Across-the-board improvements come in Natural Texture Expression, Multi-Pixel Luminance Generation for clear, sharp images, Intelligent Detail Processing to analyse and detect the characteristics of every siangle pixel and supresses false colours at the image edges, Three Dimensional Colour Control to detect hue, saturation and brightness and applies optimum control according to the value of each factor.

Now with High Precision Multi Process Noise Reduction, photos can be clearly shot even at ISO up to 25,600.

 

5-Axis Dual image Stabilisation

In the GH5, Panasonic introduces Dual image Stabilisation, a combination of 2-Axis O.I.S. (Optical image Stabiliser) in Panasonic lenses, and 5-Axis B.I.S. (Body image Stabiliser) inside the camera body.

This stabilisation compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable and compensate to a maximum of 5 exposure stops, meaning you can use a shutter speed 5 stops slower than you normally would be able to get away with.

World's First Mirrorless Camera with Professional Quality Standards

The GH5 meets the needs of professional cinematographers and videographers with 4K 60p/50p ultra high-definition smooth video recording that's also capable of 4:2:2 10-bit recording; the colour subsampling commonly used for film production for faithful colour reproduction.

The high sensitivity of the Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine power deliver high-speed readout of full digital signals for an outstandingly high quality image from every frame. There's also no cropping of the image for 4K video, so you're getting the benefit of the full frame.

Choice of between MOV, map4, ACVHD Progressive and AVCHD formats at a variety of frame rates; there's also no recording time limit in either FHD or 4K video and professional users can set the system frequency to 59.94Hz (23.98Hz), 50.00Hz, or 24.00Hz.

Panasonic have also included, at the request of Pro users, a Waveform Monitor and Vector Scope.

New autofocus System with advanced DFD Technology

Panasonic GH5 Autofocus

The GH5 benefits from an improved Depth from Defocus (DFD) and Contrast AF Technology which calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels and comprehensively analyses the form, size and even motion of the subject.

With the new Venus Engine, the speed to measure distance is 6x faster, and the speed of sensor drive during auto focusing has been increased which means the GH5 delivers ultra-high-speed AUF of approximately 0.05 seconds, as well as 12fps in AF-S and 9fps in AF-C using mechanical shutter in full resolution.

The number of autofocus areas has also been increased to 225 (from 49 in the GH5) and this can now be customised so you can create a group of focus areas depending on the composition of your image, which can be controlled using the new joystick with your thumb on the back of the camera.

Post Focus and Focus Stacking

To ensure you always get the perfect image, Panasonic have introduced their Post Focus and Focus Stacking technology into the Lumix GH5.

Post Focus enables you to select a specific focus point in an image after it's actually been taken. This is particularly helpful for macro shooting.

Focus Stacking allows you to take multiple images of the same frame in different focal lengths and combine them into one, super-sharp image.

6K PHOTO & 4K PHOTO

Panasonic GH5 6K Photo Dial

A first in any Panasonic camera is the introduction of 6K PHOTO. This feature enables you to shoot 30fps of 6K images (approximately 18MP images) and extract the best image from the burst file making sure you never miss that fast paced moment again.

Additionally, 4K PHOTO has been upgraded in the GH5 and lets you capture 60fps of still images at 4K to get a still image of around 8 megapixels.

Rugged & Connected Body Built for the Field

Panasonic GH5 Rugged Body

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has been built with professional users in mind. The main body is composed of magnesium alloy and has a full diecast front and rea frame.

Furthermore, every joint, dial and button has been not only splash and dust proofed, but also freeze proofed down to -10 degrees Celsius.

The body also features dual SD Memory Card slots which are now compatible with high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II cards for the first time in a Lumix digital camera.

The Live View Finder in the GH5 has an outstanding magnification of 0.76x (35mm equivalent) and features a 3,680k-dot OLED display and 100% field of view.

The static-type touch screen is a 3.2 inch free-angle screen in the 3:2 aspect ratio with a 1,620k-dot resolution.

Further connectivity comes in the form of Low-Energy Bluetooth 4.2 and 5GHz Wi-Fi for flexible and easy image sharing.

Firmware Updates

Panasonic are planning a number of Firmware updates for 2017 that will add enhancements to an already outstanding camera.

In April 2017 Panasonic are expected to add Full HD 4:2:2 10-bit video recording capability, and in the second half of 2017 will add: 400Mbps 4:2:2 10bit all-intra video recording in 4K 30p/25p/24p, Full HD high resolution video recording in Anamorphic Mode, Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style Mode which enables popular 4K HDR video recording, and USB tethering.

Full Details

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 firmware update

Panasonic has announced the forthcoMing release of a major new firmware version for the Lumix DC-GH5 that adds a collection of new features to upgrade many of the camera's operations. The improvements apply to modes for both still and Video users, and centre around enhancing the quality of the camera's output and handling.

New features:

stills:

  • Tethered shooting via Lumix Tether software
  • Improved handling for 4K Photo and 6K Photo New Wireless features improved AF in low contrast scenes

Video:

  • 4K HDR Video recording
  • improved AF in Video recording - recording mode 6K and 411mbps 4K Anamorphic shooting improved in-body stabilisation

Tethered shooting via Lumix Tether software

Now still life, Portrait and macro photographers will be able to check composition on the big screen and control camera functions remotely via a new tethered shooting mode. Using the new Lumix Tether software users can connect the GH5 to a PC via USB and record stills, Video and 4K/6K Photo sequences.

The software allows control of all the man features of the camera, including exposure, focus, white balance, flash controls and file formats - to name just a few. With the camera connected to the computer we can preview our images, make adjustments and inspect the results from a distance. The images can be saved to the camera's memory card or downloaded directly to the computer as they are recorded.

Improvements to the focusing system

The GH5's AF system is improved in performance and handling for both still and Video shooters. An important change comes in the camera's ability to work in low contrast areas, as this helps in both still and Video work. Autofocus tracking is also improved in Video modes, and when Using the AF tracking feature we can now place the tracking box on the screen before the subject has arrived. Also now the AF point can be moved during Burst mode f the subject is travelling across the frame.

f you want to keep an eye on what is being focused on there is now an option to keep the AF Display on when multi-area modes (auto or custom) are in use.

4K/6K Photo

Better processing has reduced the time we have to wait between one 4K/6K Photo burst and the next, and now the AF point can be shifted while a 4K/6K Photo sequence is being recorded. 6K Photo can also now be used in loop recording mode.

Higher quality Video

The new firmware adds 411Mbps data rates and 4:1:1-bit colour as well as compression to the camera's 4K and Cinema 4K Video formats. this improves the range of tones and colours that can be recorded, while the compression works on each individual frame rather than on groups of several frames at a time. Compression also reduces the file Size of your Video so we can ft more into the same space on the memory card. Those who shoot in Full HD will benefit from an additional 11Mbps mode, also with the enhanced colour and compression characteristics.

HDR recording

The Lumix DC-GH5 according to Panasonic, the first Digital camera that's capable of shooting 'HLG' 4K HDR Video. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and means that the camera can produce a wider range of brightnesses in its Video to create footage with detailed Highlights as well as shadow areas. this mode is Designed to work with the new wave of 4K HDR televisions and computer monitors, and will allow users to continue to create technologically advanced content well into the future.

High resolution Anamorphic modes

Firmware enhances the DC-GH5's ability to record Anamorphic content with new 6K resolution settings, as well as giving 4K Anamorphic formats the extra bit rates and colour depth introduced to normal Video shooting modes.

Anamorphic shooting is assisted by a new de-squeeze Display mode that compensates for the squeezing effect of the lens to show what the letterbox-shaped footage will look like after stretching in post-processing. Guide line options allow users to preview the area that will be used as well, with Guides selectable for :, 6:9, .5: and .9: formats. A new in-body stabilisation mode is available that's Designed for use with Anamorphic lenses and adapters, and users have a choice of .x and x settings to match the characteristics of the lens in use.

Wireless functions

Bluetooth plays a much bigger role in the Wireless communications between the DC-GH5 and your smartphone with version .1 firmware. previously Bluetooth could be used to connect the camera and phone, while WF took over for the hard work. with the new firmware the camera can be controlled via Bluetooth, so users can access the shutter release remotely. Bluetooth also allows for a shutter lock to be activated for Bulb exposures or burst sequences, and Video recording can be started/stopped in the same way.

enhancement of Body .S. (image stabiliser)

* [.S. Lock(Video)] is added. this powerfully compensates for handshake when the viewing angle is fixed.

* A new handshake correction mode is added, which provides optimum correction when Using .1x and .x Anamorphic lens.

correction of white balance setting

* When the K (Kelvin) value was changed after adjusting the colour temperature with white balance Compensation, the setting was reset. this bug has been fixed.

improved usability of time Lapse shot

* The time to shooting and the number of recordable pictures are Displayed on the stand-by screen.

improved usability of Power save LVF

* Power save LVF can now be used in all stand-by Display options.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Body Only Specifications

TYPE

Type

Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera

Recording media

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I / UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)

Image sensor size

17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)

Lens mount

Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

Live MOS Sensor

Camera effective pixels

20.33 Megapixels

IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEM

Image sensor shift type (5-axis / 5-stop*), Dual I.S. (Dual I.S. 2 compatible)

RECORDING SYSTEM

File size (Pixels) -Motion picture

MOV*2/*4-59.94Hz

<[C4K] 4096x2160> 23.98p, 400Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit ALL-Intra) (LPCM, High-Res Audio)

WIRELESS

WiFi

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac * 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries./1-13, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140 ch

Bluetooth

Bluetooth® v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE))

VIEWFINDER

Type

OLED Live View Finder (3,680k dots)

Field of view

Approx. 100%

Magnification

Approx. 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1

FOCUS

Type

Contrast AF system

DFD technology

Yes

Post Focus

Yes

Focus Stacking

Yes

Focus mode

AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF

AF mode

Face/Eye Detection / Tracking / 225-Area / Custom Multi / 1-Area / Pinpoint/(Full area touch is available) (Scalable AF frame size (by front/rear dial) and flexible AF position (by Joystick))

EXPOSURE CONTROL

ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)

Still image: Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)/Creative Video Mode: Auto / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)

6K PHOTO*1 / 4K PHOTO

Burst speed

[6K PHOTO] 30 frames/sec/[4K PHOTO] 60 frames/sec, 30 frames/sec

Exif information

Yes (Each JPEG image cropped out of the 6K/4K burst file complies with EXIF.)

Marking function

Yes (in 6K/4K Burst (S/S) mode)

Loop rec function

Yes (in 6K*7/4K Burst (S/S) mode)

BURST SHOOTING

Burst speed

[Mechanical shutter] AFS/MF: H: 12 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/[Mechanical shutter] AFF/AFC: H: 9 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/[Electronic shutter] AFS/MF: H: 12 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/[Electronic shutter] AFF/AFC: H: 9 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)

REAR MONITOR

Type

TFT LCD monitor with static touch control

Monitor size

Free-angle 3.2-inch (8.0cm) / 3:2 aspect / Wide viewing angle

Pixels

Approx. 1,620k dots

Filed of view

Approx. 100%

POWER

Battery

Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh, 14Wh) (included)

Battery life (CIPA standard)

Approx. 410 images (rear monitor), 400 images (LVF), 1,000 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-FS12060/Approx. 410 images (rear monitor), 390 images (LVF), 1,000 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-HSA12035/Approx. 400 images (rear monitor), 380 images (LVF), 1,000 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-ES12060/*

DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT

Dimensions (W x H x D)

138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm

Weight

Approx. 725g (SD card, Battery, Body)

Model: N/A
AE Bracketing: N/A
Autofocus Modes: N/A
Articulated Screen: N/A
Aperture priority: Yes
Battery: N/A
Built-in flash: N/A
Battery Life (CIPA): 410
Camera CIPA image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Continuous drive (fps): 12
Custom white balance: Yes
Digital zoom: Yes
Effective pixels (megapixels): 20
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Exposure compensation: N/A
External flash: Yes
Flash range (metres): N/A
Focal length (equiv.): N/A
Focal length multiplier: 2
Flash modes: N/A
GPS: N/A
HDMI Port: N/A
Headphone port: Yes
Height (mm): 98
Length (mm): 87
Width (mm): 139
Weight (g): N/A
Weight (inc. batteries) (g): 725
Image ratio w:h: N/A
Camera Image stabilization: N/A
ISO: Auto, 200 - 25600 (expands to 100 - 25600)
JPEG quality levels: Fine, standard
Live view: Yes
Camera Lens mount: N/A
Manual exposure mode: Yes
Maximum shutter speed (electronic): N/A
Maximum ISO: 25600
Maximum ISO (boosted): N/A
Max resolution: N/A
Maximum shutter speed (seconds): N/A
Maximum aperture: N/A
Manual focus: Yes
Microphone: N/A
Microphone port: Yes
Camera Minimum focus distance (cm): N/A
Minimum ISO: 200
Minimum ISO (boosted): 100
Minimum macro focus distance (cm): N/A
Minimum shutter speed (seconds): N/A
Metering modes: N/A
Number of focus points: 225
Number of white balance presets: 5
Optical zoom multiplier: N/A
Orientation sensor: Yes
Other resolutions: N/A
Processor: Venus Engine 10
Remote control: N/A
Screen dots: 1620000
Screen size: N/A
Screen type: N/A
Self-timer: Yes
Shutter priority: Yes
Speaker: N/A
Sensor photo detectors (megapixels): 22
Sensor size: N/A
Sensor type: N/A
Storage types: N/A
Subject / scene modes: N/A
Timelapse recording: N/A
Touchscreen: Yes
Camera Type: N/A
Uncompressed format: N/A
Camera USB: N/A
USB charging: N/A
Viewfinder coverage: N/A
Viewfinder magnification: N/A
Viewfinder resolution: 3680000
Viewfinder type: N/A
Video formats: N/A
Video Mode Categories: N/A
Video Modes: N/A
WB Bracketing: Yes
Wireless: N/A
Notes: N/A

Our Verdict

The Lumix GH5 is the second movement in Panasonic's high-end, flagship Micro Four Thirds symphony, following on from the highly acclaimed and much-loved Lumix GH4.

With a host of exciting and essential new features, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 firmly cements itself as a camera for professionals; whether you're a professional videographer or photographer. With 6K Photo recording 18 megapixel 6K images at 30fps, 4K video at 60p/50p and recording in broadcast standard 4:2:2 10-bit, a new 20MP imaging sensor, and in-body 5-axis image stabilisation (or Dual I.S. with O.I.S lenses), amongst other new features, Panasonic have created a professional quality camera that will easily fill and out-grow its predecessor's boots.

We Love

  • 6K PHOTO for 30fps 18MP images
  • 4K 60p/50p video recording in 4:2:2 10-bit broadcast quality
  • Shutter life of over 200,000 actuations
  • 5-axis Dual Image Stabilisation
  • New 20MP Live MOS Sensor

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